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Rich and fudgy dark chocolate brownies are topped with crunchy pretzels, potato chips, and peanuts, then drenched in buttery caramel, for a sweet/salty junk food treat that satisfies every craving! 

A dark chocolate-y, fudgy brownie, topped with pretzels, potato chips, peanuts, and caramel. These are completely over-the-top!

Omg you guys.  Have I got a treat for you today.  Are you ready to indulge?

A dark chocolate-y, fudgy brownie, topped with pretzels, potato chips, peanuts, and caramel. These are completely over-the-top!

We are talking serious indulgence here.  Am I speaking your language?  I’m talking chocolate.  Fudgy, dense, deep dark chocolate brownies.  And pretzels.  What goes better with chocolate than pretzels?  Perhaps peanuts?  Check.  Oh yeah we’ve got that too.  And if you like that sweet/salty balance then how about some kettle cooked potato chips.  Anything potato is a hands-down win in my book.  Drench it all in a rich buttery caramel.  This dessert’s got it all.

Swoon city.

A dark chocolate-y, fudgy brownie, topped with pretzels, potato chips, peanuts, and caramel. These are completely over-the-top!

No guilt because it’s football season and it’s what we do.  It’s all about the junk food when Superbowl hits.  I made these with that in mind.  Calories don’t count on Superbowl Sunday.  Duh.

So you may as well go for it because besides being over-the-top delicious, these whip up in a snap.  The brownie base is the best you’ll ever try (pinky promise!) because not only is it gooey, fudgy, and deeply chocolate-y, it’s also made with just a handful of pantry staples and it all happens in just one bowl.  And the topping is as easy as scattering on the crunchy goodness and drizzling with warm caramel.

If you’ve never made caramel before I urge you to try it.  It’s a lot easier than you’d think, and the result is truly stellar.  Trust me, this is one of the most popular recipes on my site, and for good reason!

So grab yourself a spot on the sofa and settle in with one of these babies in hand!  Regardless of who you’re rooting for, it’s a definite win.

A dark chocolate-y, fudgy brownie, topped with pretzels, potato chips, peanuts, and caramel. These are completely over-the-top!

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Junk Food Brownies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Rich and fudgy dark chocolate brownies are topped with crunchy pretzels, potato chips, and peanuts, then drenched in buttery caramel, for a sweet/salty junk food treat that satisfies every craving!


Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies, caramel, Chocolate, junk food, peanut, potato chip, pretzel, superbowl
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 344 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Bake the brownies according to the recipe directions.  Do not remove from the pan.  Scatter the pretzels, chips, and peanuts in an even layer over the surface.
  2. In a small pot, heat the cream, butter, and salt on low until the butter is melted and the salt has completely dissolved.  Allow to cool slightly, then add the vanilla.
  3. Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a larger pot.  Cook on medium-high heat, gently swirling the pot occasionally, until a rich amber color.  Pour in the cream mixture, and whisk together as it bubbles down.  Continue to cook the caramel on medium heat, until the temperature measures 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer.  Immediately transfer to a heat-safe vessel.
  4. When the caramel has stopped bubbling, drizzle it over the pretzels, chips, and peanuts in an even layer.  Cool completely, then cut into bars.
Recipe Notes

For more info on how to make the caramel, click here: Salted Caramel Sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Junk Food Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 356mg 15%
Potassium 190mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 33g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 8.7%
Vitamin C 1.7%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 3.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
A dark chocolate-y, fudgy brownie, topped with pretzels, potato chips, peanuts, and caramel. These are completely over-the-top!